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May 16, 2013

Growing Community is gearing up for gardening

As the growing season kicks off, Growing Community is offering to assist novice gardeners with planning and establishing backyard (or container) kitchen gardens through its Garden Raising program. A Garden Raising, like an old-fashioned barn raising, brings many hands and much camaraderie to what can otherwise be a daunting task, according to organizers.   

Growing Community is asks that individual Garden Raising recipients help to ‘pay it forward’ by volunteering with Growing Community on a future Garden Raising to continue the positive momentum and community building.

Volunteers are also needed to assist with planting, weeding, watering and harvesting in the first Garden Raising project completed last year – the Cooperstown Food Pantry Garden. Currently, according to organizers, a 19 foot by 22 foot fenced plot with an additional 10 foot by 10 foot unfenced plot, the Food Pantry Garden has much room to grow given enough volunteers. If interested in a garden raising or in helping with the Food Pantry Garden, contact the group at   

Growing Community, dedicated to building community through growing food and sharing the harvest, has a full calendar of projects for the coming growing season, including Edible Main Street, Seed to Harvest (with the Farmers’ Museum) and the highly popular Community Harvest Supper on Main Street. For more on these projects, visit

Growing Community’s core principle is to have fun and work hard for an hour, preferably with good food on hand as a reward. To support its efforts, Growing Community will be holding a fundraising sale of select varieties from Dick DeRosa’s daylily collection on the lawn of the Village Library at 22 Main Street on Sunday May 26.

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